Thursday, January 24, 2008

What Hath Project Runway Wrought?

I was perfectly positioned on my (once) cream colored work bench (leg propped up, two pillows behind my back), quietly knitting away with some nondescript TV background noise to keep the machine humming. During a channel change break, I somehow landed right in the middle of a mini-marathon of all the current season episodes of Project Runway. Next to Law and Order, Project Runway is wonderful television to knit by. See what a few hours of mindlessly entertaining television can do?

Refrigerator Monkey avec Chewy Monkey
My handsome assistant, Changito, dangles the nearly completed Monkey from the side of the refrigerator. Cheeky monkey. This terrific V-shaped heel turns out to be a perfect fit for me.

Chewy Monkey - heel detail
I'm so glad to have found Chewy Spaghetti yarn. I really enjoy the liveliness of the colors and the twist of the fibers. This sport weight clay, light blue, mocha, chocolate and cream combo is called "Simpatico". You'd probably laugh if you saw me stop every so often to give the yarn cake a little squeeze. I'm a weirdo.

I've changed a couple of small things in this flawless, oft-knit pattern: I did 5 repeats instead of 6 on the leg and I've gone with a stockinette instead of patterned instep. I did this for a couple of reasons. First, the heavier weight of the yarn might tend to make a patterned sock feel even thicker inside shoes, and second, I'm concerned about the yardage.

The sport weight put-up is 4 ounces, or approximately 250 yards. I weighed the remaining yarn after turning the heel and it seems I should have enough to squeeze out 2 socks. Sadly, I do not have petite feet and, in this case, my digital scale is my great, good friend.

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Blogger Jen said...

Love the monkey socks! I am itching to knit another pair of those soon.

1/24/2008 08:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Colleen said...

Wow! I love this yarn colorway. Thanks for the link.

1/24/2008 09:13:00 PM  
Blogger The Ninja Knitter said...

Oooh, a digital scale. I need one of those. And toldya that you'd love the Monkeys. :)

1/24/2008 09:48:00 PM  
Blogger Opal said...

I'm a Project Runway fan too. I was so sad to see Jack go. I hope he's doing okay. I heard Victorya is out but I haven't watched that episode yet. I have to catch up!

Love, love, love the Monkeys BTW. :-)

1/25/2008 03:12:00 AM  
Blogger AmyArtisan said...

Beautiful colors! I haven't knit up Monkey yet - but plan to sometime this year. TV Marathons are perfect knit noise.

1/25/2008 08:03:00 AM  
Blogger Kniterella said...

That yarn is incredible...I always stop to squeeze my yarn cakes, too.

Great choice for Monkey!

1/25/2008 08:24:00 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

You mean it *isn't* normal to stop regularly to admire the yarn you're knitting? I'm in trouble. LOL

1/25/2008 09:31:00 AM  
Blogger sweetfigs said...

Monkeys are addictive. I should not have looked at yours.

Have a great weekend!

1/25/2008 11:42:00 AM  
Blogger Angie said...

I love Chewy Spaghetti, but I think I am more in love with that colorway. It has been added to the stalking list.

I've never watched Project Runway, I must add it to the DVR list.

1/25/2008 12:40:00 PM  
Blogger KnitNana said...

I love Changito!

1/25/2008 12:51:00 PM  
Blogger monica said...

OOOH the yarn is so purty! I use my digital scale for mailing packages too. :)

1/25/2008 01:11:00 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Those colors are simian-licious!

1/25/2008 02:03:00 PM  
Blogger Monika said...

Mm, nice colors. Is it wrong to love a heel this much?! :o)

1/25/2008 04:28:00 PM  
Blogger Brenda said...

Love the monkey sock and Changito! Those are lovely colors in the yarn. I usually don't like lace socks for myself, but I may have to make an exception with the Monkey sock. It works so well with multi-colored yarn.

Have a great weekend, Karen!

1/25/2008 06:25:00 PM  
Blogger a friend to knit with said...

i have been monkeying around for too long. it is time i made a monkey! or two!!!
lovely colorway karen!
happy, happy weekend to you!

1/25/2008 07:58:00 PM  
Blogger Debi said...

I don't own any chewy spagetti but I'm all about the sport weight lately. These are so cute! :)

1/26/2008 02:17:00 AM  
Blogger Bonne Marie said...

I love the little monkey with your Monkeys!!

1/26/2008 06:55:00 PM  
Blogger WandaWoman said...

What a pretty sock. Simpatico is very simpatico with the Monkey sock pattern. Hmm, 250 yards? That's not a lot of yarn for socks, yikes. Are you using the amount of stitches called for in the pattern, or did youdecrease some?

I liked making the foot plain on mine too. I did my first pair of Monkeys patterned on the foot, but I liked stockinette for my last pair in STR.

1/27/2008 10:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Meredith said...

I haven't seen Project Runway, but you are right about Law and Order. Great show to knit by!

Love the socks and the monkey is adorable! I haven't tried Chewy Speghetti yarn yet...might have to have a look. This colourway that you've used is really attractive!

1/28/2008 10:21:00 AM  
Blogger Lynette said...

those are most lovely socks. your companion did a great job in displaying them.

thanks for the link to yet another yarn site i don't need. Heeee! ;)

1/28/2008 02:18:00 PM  
Blogger Donna Lee said...

Monkey socks are a perfect use for colorful yarns. I haven't seen a pair that I didn't like. I got a digital scale for Christmas and it has eased the "do I have enough yarn" anxiety. I pull it out and weigh things in progress just because I can. I am a weirdo too.

1/29/2008 07:14:00 PM  
Blogger KnitPastis said...

Oh my goodness, this yarn colorway is mind blowing and it is so perfect with this Moneky pattern!! I love it!! I think one of these days I must cast on for another pair of monkey socks. They are more fun with a very varigated yarn:)

2/10/2008 07:30:00 AM  

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